Removing the wall between a dining room and a kitchen has been popular for at least 30 years – I’m sometimes amazed that there are still walls up in most of the houses I visit! I know that having things open is not for everyone and there are quite a few homes where taking out the wall just doesn’t make sense. If your home is well proportioned and has a generous eat-in kitchen – having a formal dining room may be appealing. However, a lot people don’t have anything remotely close to that. Let’s take a look at a home I’m working on now that was built in the late 1980’s and currently has a dining room in a room that was meant to be an enclosed family room.
In addition to removing the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, the homeowners want a larger counter height island and a small vegetable/bar sink. We discussed the possibility of creating a built-in dining nook at the windows in the dining area, but they prefer the flexibility of chairs.
The ideas at the front end of a project are a lot of fun to generate and talk about. It’s easy to move things around at this stage so why not dream big and see what you come up with? Sometimes you’ll go through this exercise and realize what you have isn’t so bad after all and other times you’ll hit on an idea that changes the way you think about your house.